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Battleground: One week out…

COLORADO: "With Election Day one week from today, only about a third of the people who requested mail-in ballots in Colorado have so far returned them," the Denver Post writes. "That figure surprises some political insiders, who thought -- more than three weeks after mail-in ballots started going out -- that the number would be higher." 

FLORIDA: Trackers of potential Election Day woes beware. "More than 2,000 new Tampa Bay voters are on the state's "no match" list of unverified identities, and their votes in next week's election may not count as a result. Those people, part of more than 12,000 statewide, must cast provisional ballots unless they can quickly resolve discrepancies between their completed voter registration forms and driver license or Social Security numbers in government databases."  

INDIANA: Early vote in Indiana is breaking records. "In Marion County alone, about 80,000 voters -- either through in-person voting or by mail-in absentee ballot -- are expected to vote before Election Day, nearly three times as many as in 2004." More: "Statewide, more than 286,000 Hoosiers had voted by Sunday evening. In 2004, 260,550 Hoosiers voted early." 

MINNESOTA: McCain is cutting back on ad spending. "Until recently, Minnesota was one of the rare places where McCain was outspending Obama on TV ads. At his peak, McCain was spending more than $500,000 per week on commercials in the Twin Cities although Minnesota hasn't backed a GOP presidential candidate since 1972."  

MONTANA: "McCain, confident of winning the state and its three electoral votes, is virtually ignoring it, although the Republican National Committee will begin airing ads in Montana for the first time Wednesday. Obama's campaign didn't back off when the state appeared to be a shoo-in for John McCain in September. And now McCain's lead appears to be in doubt. A recent Montana State University-Billings poll showed the race within the margin of error, with Obama at 44 percent and McCain at 40 percent among likely voters, and 10 percent undecided. Obama's rise may be less about his appeal and more about dissatisfaction with McCain among independent-minded voters."

NORTH CAROLINA: According to data examined by NBC News, another 200,000 folks voted yesterday, bringing the total to 1.4 million early voters -- a record already and approximately 50% of the entire president turnout in 2004. Democratic ballots outnumber Republican ballots by just under a 2-1 ratio. African-Americans make up 32.3% of the ballots turned in so far. In the 2004 exit polls, African-Americans made up 26% of the overall North Carolina electorate.

OHIO: Here's something important to watch for in the Buckeye State, warns the Columbus Dispatch: "As a result of concerns about the reliability of touch-screens and long lines at the polls, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner ordered Franklin County and the 52 other counties using the electronic machines to make paper ballots available on Election Day. But while elections officials say it's difficult to predict how many voters will opt for a paper ballot, they plan to count them only after all the electronic votes are tallied -- meaning final vote totals could be delayed in some counties until early in the day after the election." 

PENNSYLVANIA: "Both campaigns were converging Tuesday on Pennsylvania, where Obama is ahead in the race for its 21 electoral votes," the AP writes. "It takes 270 votes in the Electoral College to win the presidency. Obama had scheduled a rally in Chester, a Philadelphia suburb, at the same time as the McCain-Palin event in Hershey. Palin is very popular with the Republican Party base and McCain was using her to energize those voters."